Study Relates Consumption of Sugar-sweetened beverages With Higher Intake of Unhealthy Foods


Published Date : Sep 22, 2015

A study recently presented at the 51st annual meeting if the European Association for the Study of Diabetes states that the adults who consume high amounts of sugary beverages are more likely to consume foods that are considered unhealthy.

The study says that sugar-sweetened beverages have a strong association with the kind of overall diet consumed by an individual. Thus it is very important to be conscious about the overall diet when studying the association between beverages and diseases to be able to better interpret the results.

A group of analysts from the Lund University in Malmo, Sweden, analyzed data for the study from a study that had surveyed more than 25,000 adults between the ages of 45 to 74 years, without cancer, cardiovascular diseases or diabetes from population based in the Malmo Diet and Cancer Cohort between the years 1991 and 1996.

Analysis of the data from this study led to the conclusion that the participants who reported the intake of high amounts of sugar sweetened beverages were also the ones who reported the intake of healthy foods in very low amount as compared to the individuals who consumed lower amounts of sugar-sweetened beverages.

The largest difference was seen with healthy food stuff such as breakfast cereals, vegetables, fruits, yogurt, fish, and fiber-rich bread. On the other hand, the individuals who consumed more quantity of juice and tea also consumed higher quantities of healthy foods, with largest difference seen for yogurt, fruits, and vegetables.

Among all the individuals studied, the highest consumer of juice, for instance, consumed 16% more fruits than the ones who consumed little or no juice. The ones who consumed sugar sweetened beverages were also the ones who consumed nearly 15% lesser amount of fruits in their overall diet.